Egpyt vs Uruguay Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 11, 2018
Central Stadium - World Cup Group A
Egypt take on Uruguay in the second game of Group A, with the North African nation making their first World Cup appearance since 1990.
Uruguay won the only meeting between these two sides, back in 2006, with a Diego Godin goal and an own goal from Abdelzaher El Saqqa securing a 2-0 victory.
The big news for Egypt is the fitness of star player Mo Salah, who is expected to miss this game his he continues to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final.
Their skipper should be fit to play in the other group games, and in his absence Stoke City striker Ramadan Sobhi could play a more central role.
Uruguay are expected to start with Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez in attack, in what will be one of the strongest strike pairings in the competition.
In defence, Godin will be partnered with his club team mate at Atletico Madrid, Jose Giminez.
Egypt v Uruguay Preview and Predictions
Egypt without Salah are a very different beast, as they are without their best player and the inspiration behind their qualification for the tournament.
The focus in this game will be damage limitation before he returns, against the group's strongest side, but they will find it tough going against a Uruguay side that has performed well in the last two World Cups.
With two of the world's best finishers in their ranks, Egypt will have their work cut out to prevent a goal, and the odds are against them - with a Uruguay win at 4/7.
Although they signed off their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 win over Uzbekistan, Uruguay have not been a high scoring team in recent months, only scoring two or more goals on two occasions in their last eight games prior to that result.
With that in mind this game could be low key in terms of goals scored, and a Uruguay win with a total of under 2.5 goalsc scored comes in at 7/4.
Uruguay to win 1-0 at 15/4
Oscar Tabarez knows that his side need to get off to a good start to ensure that fulfill their aims of getting out of Group A, and they should have too much for a Salah-less Egypt in their opening game. Solid at the back, with quality up front, Uruguay could be a side to keep an eye on in Russia.
Luis Suarez to score first at 5/2
Cavani was the main man in qualification, scoring 11, but both he and Suarez have scored twice for the national team in 2018. Suarez also ended the season very well, scoring five goals in his last seven games for Barcelona.